Business Alumni in the News
An article on how to create an Android app by alumnus Jaime Avelar (’09) appeared in the Houston Chronicle Sunday, Jan. 24. He is a professional writer whose programming articles appear on various websites, and has been a software programmer since 2000. Avelar holds a Master of Science in information systems from UTA.
UTA alumnus John L. Kennedy (’79 B.B.A. management) recently released a self-published book chronicling his life from being an orphan in Korea in the 1950s, to getting adopted twice in America to eventually meeting his brothers and sisters more than five decades after they thought one another had died, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
- Safe Haven of Las Cruces, N.M., has announced the appointment of Laura O’Connor as executive director of the organization. She is the former president of the board of directors and a long-time volunteer for Safe Haven. She has a B.B.A. in finance from the UTA College of Business. Safe Haven is the largest no-kill dog and cat adoption facility of its type in Doña Ana County.
Alumnus Mark Bowles (’93 B.B.A.) is CEO of Ranger Business Solutions, a managed services company, specializing in business technology solutions. He recently joined a select group of business experts and entrepreneurs from around the world, along with Robin Robins to co-write the book, “Under Attack: How to Protect Your Business & Bank Account From Fast-Growing, Ultra-Motivated and Highly Dangerous CyberCrime Rings.” CelebrityPress, a leading business book publisher, released the book on January 14, 2016.
Bank SNB has named Clay Jett as Regional President for its South Texas region, reported SBFI.org. Jett earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UTA in 1989, with concentrations in finance and economics.
Alumnus Raymie Ramsey has been named principal of Johnson Middle School, reported Rambler Newspapers. Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication/business from UTA.
Alumnus and Valero Energy Executive Vice President Mike Crownover (’83 B.B.A. accounting) announced his retirement from the San Antonio-based energy company, which he joined in 1997.
Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, announced that UT Arlington alumnus Mike Berg (’86 B.B.A. management) has joined the company’s executive leadership team as vice president of sales.
Suryakant Desai (’74 MBA, ’83 M.P.A.), a professor of accounting at Cedar Valley College, explained the importance of higher education in a KRLD 1080 interview. Desai, who earned his master's in accounting and business administration from UTA, said higher education opens a world of opportunities for graduates.
The Irving school district announced that Raymie Ramsey has been named principal of Johnson Middle School. The Dallas Morning News reported. Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication/business from UTA.
Tracy Gleeson (B.B.A. marketing) was hired by TMI Hospitality, Fargo, as director of regional sales.
Elizabeth Owens, a student in the M.S. in Health Care Administration program at UT Arlington, is a transplant research supervisor in the heart and lung transplant and pulmonary section at Baylor Research Institute – Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. She was interviewed by CBS 11 and KRLD NewsRadio.
Clay Jett has been promoted to regional president for Bank SNBs south Texas region, including San Antonio, Austin and south Texas markets, Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, Global Newswire and several other media outlets reported. Jett earned his bachelor's degree is in finance and economics from UTA.
Wendy Gibson has joined Global Experience Specialists as executive vice president of global marketing, KSTC 45 in St. Paul, Minn., KOLD TV in Tucson, Az. and several other media sites reported. Gibson earned her bachelor's degree from UTA in business administration and marketing.
UT Arlington College of Business alumni were named in the Business Journal’s recent list of “Who’s Who in Energy 2015,” featuring key players in the energy markets in Dallas, Houston, Denver, Pittsburgh and San Antonio. Kelly Roberts (B.B.A.) is the founder of Ricochet Fuel Distributors Inc. in Euless, Texas, a multi-state fuel logistics company. Paula Waggoner-Aguilar (B.B.A. accounting) is president of The Energy CFO LLC in San Antonio, where she has more than 20 years of experience working with entrepreneurs, independent exploration and production, integrated energy, and other oil field services.
Inc. magazine named Kemp & Sons General Services to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The Fort Worth-based, family-owned company earned the position of 4662 on the list, and is owned by UT Arlington College of Business alumnus Larry Kemp (’80 B.B.A.), CEO and COO, and his wife, Reggi Sturns-Kemp. They were the subject of an article in Forbes magazine’s June 2015 issue, which listed the Inc. 5000. “I am never amazed by the fine education that I received at UTA, but often other people are. The Forbes article is a testament to the fact that real Mavericks can do anything when we put our minds to it,” Kemp said.
Energy executive, CPA and UTA alumna Paula Waggoner-Aguilar talked to “In the Oil Patch,” a radio program produced by KTRH/740 AM (Houston) about the oil and gas industry and her own company, The Energy CFO. Waggoner-Aguilar earned her bachelor’s in accounting degree from UTA.
UT Arlington alumnus Suryakant Desai (’74 MBA), professor of accounting at Cedar Valley College, received the 2015 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees during the organization’s annual conference in San Diego, Calif.
UT Arlington alumnus Thomas J. Hruby, Jr. (’98 MBA) was recently hired by Kennesaw, Georgia, company NOVA Engineering and Environmental as the company’s Transportation Sector leader.
UTA alumnus Todd Birch has been appointed CEO of Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., the Wisconsin Rapid Tribune, WSAU – 550 AM and WIFC 99.5 FM (Wausaw, Wis.) reported. Birch comes to Wisconsin Rapids from Marshalltown, Iowa, where he is currently the chief operating officer of Marshalltown Medical Center and Surgical Center. He holds a master of science in health care administration from UTA.
UTA alumnus Patrick Pacheco (’87 B.S. economics) has joined Cadence Bank as executive vice president and trust executive, Houston Business Journal reported. Pacheco most recently served as managing director and wealth strategies advisor at U.S. Trust and earlier held a similar position at JP Morgan.
UTA alumnus Oscar Rodriguez volunteered at Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College to share his experiences with seniors and encourage them to apply to a university, the Dallas Independent School District website reported. Rodriguez shared his own story of how he was able to complete a bachelor of business administration in operations management from UTA in 2006 and a master of science degree in online learning from Texas A&M Commerce. He was the first in his family to complete both high school and college.
The Suffolk News-Herald (Suffolk, VA) and The New Irmo News (Irmo, S.C.) published a special letter saluting American veterans, their service and individual sacrifices that was written by Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet. Ballance earned a master of business administration degree from UTA.
- Virtual-Strategy.com, Boston.com and other outlets reported that UTA alumnus Derrick Duke has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. Duke has served with the agency for 11 years. He earned a master of business administration degree from UTA.
The Synergy Worldwide.com IE blog reported that UTA alumnus Carmelo D’Anzi has been named the new vice president of sales for Synergy WorldWide Europe. He has 11 years of sales and marketing experience from working in various executive capacities throughout Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. D’Anzi earned his international business degree from UTA.
- Fort Worth Business reported on several UTA accomplishments including the installment of College of Nursing and Health Innovation Dean Anne Bavier as president of the National League for Nursing, the College of Business annual Alumni and Service Awards and UTA's distinction as a top university for ethnic diversity.
Jimmy Campbell, a UTA College of Business alumnus and banking executive, has donated money to establish the $500,000 Jimmy and Cathy Campbell Endowed Scholarship Fund for Cleburne High School students attending UTA, the Cleburne Times-Review reported. The academic award will provide a four-year, half-tuition scholarship to a member of the CHS top 10 percent wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in any business major within the UTA College of Business.
Alumna Meredith Ray was interviewed by Fort Worth, TX Magazine about her “Cowboys and Culture” lifestyle and her business, Meredith Ray Handbags. Ray earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from UTA.
The Houston Chronicle, KLTV/ABC 7 (Tyler), WVUE/FOX 8 (New Orleans), WDAM/NBC 7 (Laurel, Miss.) and various other media outlets reported that Lauren Engineers & Constructors, Inc. has promoted alumnus Tom Modisett, who earned his a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UTA, to chief financial officer and secretary/treasurer.
Archrock, Inc. announced that alumnus Wendell Brooks has been appointed to its board of directors, Yahoo! Finance, CNBC, Bloomberg Business, Digital Journal and various other media outlets reported. Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.
- Yahoo! Finance, EIN.com, The Canadian Business Journal and various other media outlets reported alumnus Mekonnen "Mack" Asrat has been named Senior Vice President and CFO of SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. Asrat earned a Master of Professional Accounting degree from UTA.
Alumnus Pete Yuan (’86 B.B.A. finance) is president of IberiaBank’s Arkansas region, where he is responsible for the bank’s title business, operated under Lender’s Title, United Title and American Abstract. He is a recipient of the university’s Outstanding Alumni Award, given by the school’s Finance Society. In an interview with Arkansas Business, he discusses regulation’s fine line between helping and hindering.
Alumnus Michael Valentine (’86 B.B.A.), senior vice president, worldwide sales at Sophos, was named one of the Top Midmarket IT Vendor Executives by The Channel Company.
VLK Architects named alumnus Sloan Harris (’03 MBA) a new partner of the firm, which he joined 12 years ago. Harris is a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth and also received his Master of Architecture degree from UT Arlington.
- The National Mirror interviewed actor and director Udoka Oyeka ('06 B.B.A.), whose works in the Nigerian film industry though just three in number, have made interesting, eye-catching progress and steady rise in prominence. Oyeka earned an accounting degree from UTA.
Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) announced changes to the Board of Directors, appointing nine new members from across Texas. Among those added to the board is alumnus Michael Gerik (’80 B.B.A.) of McGregor, Texas. He is executive vice president for Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company and has worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for 35 years.
Middle Tennessee State University announced that the E.W. “Wink” Midgett Faculty Excellence Award was presented to Scott Seipel, associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems. Seipel (’85 B.B.A., ’98 Ph.D.), who has a doctorate in applied statistics from UT Arlington, played a principal role in developing the business intelligence and analytics courses and program and redesigned an innovative new undergraduate course that teaches hands-on development of business intelligence and analysis skills.
The San Francisco Symphony announced that UT Arlington Executive MBA graduate Matthew Spivey (’09 EMBA) was named its new director of artistic planning. He was previously vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Symphony.
Energy Manager Today reported on new executive appointments, including two alumni, at three regional energy operators. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has named Kenan Ogelman, who earned his master’s degree in economics from UT Arlington, as vice president of Commercial Operations, and Brad Jones, who earned his master's degree in Business Administration from UT Arlington in 1991, was named CEO of the New York Independent System Operator (NY-ISO).
Alumnus David Cusimano (’04 M.A. economics) presented a seminar on small business financing as part of the Prosper Jefferson series, presented by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, in Fairfield, La. He is the founder of Emerge Dynamics Active Management Consulting, co-founder of Day Flier, Inc., and Gulf Search Capital, LLC, and a minority partner and/or advisor to a several regional small businesses.
The McLennan Community College Foundation presented Danny Uptmore with a Distinguished Alumnus award during its annual Scholarship, Alumni and Donor Recognition Ceremony, WacoTrib.com reported. Uptmore earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1973.
College of Business Executive MBA student Charles Passantino (’15) was named business director of the pest management division at Milwaukee-based Liphatech Inc. He will manage the overall operation of Liphatech’s pest management division business unit. With more than 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience for various organizations, he most recently worked with Vetoquinol USA in the animal health industry.
Wilmington Trust has expanded its Global Capital Markets Structured Finance Group with new hires to include UT Arlington alumnus Steve O’Neal, reported the Houston Chronicle, WFLX Fox 29 (West Palm Beach, Fla.), KFVE K5 (Honolulu), WVUE Fox 8 (New Orleans), the Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Conn.) and many other media outlets. O’Neal received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from UT Arlington.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has named several new executives for the company’s grid and market operations, including UT Arlington alumnus Kenan Ogelman, Power Engineering and PennEnergy reported. Ogelman earned his master’s degree in Economics from UT Arlington.
The Times Union reported that the New York Independent System Operator, who runs New York State’s high-voltage electric grid, has named UT Arlington alumnus Bradley Jones as CEO. Jones earned his master's degree in Business Administration from UT Arlington.
SFGate, the Houston Chronicle, Boston.com and multiple media outlets reported that UT Arlington alumnus Richard Harper has joined HSB Solomon Associates LLC as a Senior Consultant in the Comparative Performance Analysis™ group. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from UT Arlington.
The Red Oak ISD Alumni Association will honor Pat Choate as their 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, reported the Focus Daily News. Choate, a well-known economist, graduated from UT Arlington in 1963 with a B.A. in economics.
UT Arlington marketing alumnus Mark Bowles (’93 B.B.A.), founder of Ranger Business Solutions, has joined Robin Robins and a select group of cyber security experts and entrepreneurs to co-write the forthcoming book, titled Under Attack.
BlueInGreen, LLC, a water treatment company, has hired product manager Tanya LeBlanc ('12 MBA), reported the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, the Stamford Advocate and many other media outlets. LeBlanc earned her master’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Jacqualyn Fouse ('82 B.A., '84 M.A., '12 Ph.D.), has given UT Arlington $762,500 to establish the Jack and Doris Fouse Scholarship for Study Abroad, a $1.525 million fund named in honor of her parents, The Dallas Morning News reported. Traveling and working in other nations “opens your mind and allows you to be more creative,” said Fouse, a UT Arlington alumna and president of global hematology and oncology at Celgene Corp., a pharmaceutical giant with headquarters in Summit, N.J., and offices in 50 nations. The column also quoted College of Business Dean Rachel Croson, who said the scholarship gift will add breadth and depth to the student’s education.
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honored Puja Patel as a 2015-2016 inductee into the NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle for leadership in healthcare, StreetInsider.com and various media outlets reported. Patel earned her Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas Arlington and now serves as Senior Manager at the American Heart Association.
College of Business marketing alumna Emily Goad (’03 B.B.A., ’08 MBA, ’14 Ph.D.) is a marketing professor at Illinois State University whose paper is nominated for the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management 2014 paper of the year award. Her paper, titled “The Good, the Bad and the Effective: A Meta-Analytic Examination of Selling Orientation and Customer Orientation on Sales Performance,” appeared in the fall 2014 issue of the journal and discusses how the concept of customer orientation is a focal construct in marketing and sales literature.
In part three of its special look at standout chief information officers, Becker’s Hospital Review.com featured Aaron Miri (’05 B.S.), the CIO of Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas. He earned an undergraduate degree in management information systems from UT Arlington.
- Laurie Lewis (’04 M.S.) has joined USMD Hospital in Arlington as chief nursing officer, Reuters reported. Lewis earned a master's degree in nursing administration and a master's degree in health care administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.
- Mary Goosens ('91 B.B.A.) has been appointed the new chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Diocese of Fort Worth, NorthTexasCatholic.org reported. Goosens earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington.
- Brook Aslin (’13 M.S. accounting) is a senior accountant at Capacity Energy, LLC in Fort Worth.
- Candace Blair, CPA (’05 M.S. taxation) is now a tax partner at Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier, LLP in Fort Worth.
- Jacob Briggs, CPA (’12 Master of Professional Accounting) was named senior accountant of operations at Fort Worth-based Cash America.
- Chiao Huang, CPA (’13 M.S. taxation) is a tax senior at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP in Fort Worth.
- Lauren Landivar, CPA (’11 MBA, Master of Professional Accounting) is the new senior analyst/assistant manager at BNSF Railway.
The New York Times interviewed Teresa L. White (’88 B.B.A.), president for United States operations of the insurance company Aflac, about her workspace. She keeps a collection of elephant sculptures and photos, a symbol of good luck for members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. White was a member while a business administration student at UT Arlington.
UT Arlington finance alumna Karla Stovall (’94 B.B.A.) was named chief financial officer of the town of Little Elm, Texas.
UT Arlington alumna Paula Waggoner-Aguilar, CPA (B.B.A. accounting) is a chief financial officer, owner, and president of The Energy CFO, LLC, a niche entrepreneurial energy finance firm providing CFO leadership to energy and technology entrepreneurs and start-ups. She spoke to the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter in May 2015 on entrepreneurship and taking career risks.
Alumnus Jeff Meyers (’07 B.B.A.) has been appointed vice president for advancement by Odessa College, OA Online reports. Meyers received his degree in business management from The University of Texas at Arlington.
UT Arlington business alumna Susan Anderson (’91 Ph.D.) is set to receive the 2015 American Taxation Association/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award, Elon University reported. The award is presented annually to tax professors whose innovative teaching techniques encourage critical thinking and enhance the overall learning experience.
UT Arlington operations management alumnus Sri Talluri (’96 Ph.D.) is now a professor of operations and supply chain management at Michigan State University. He was recently named one of the top 20 scholars worldwide in DEA research based on impact by Omega, the international journal of management science.
Mumbai-based Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd has appointed Pranav Parikh (’96 MBA) as head of private equity, seed and venture capital funds, VCCircle reported.
College of Business alumnus Kevin M. Simmons (’78 B.B.A.), professor of economics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, conducted research during a Fulbright Fellowship on the economic implications of strengthened building codes in tornado-heavy areas such as Oklahoma. His findings were published in a New York Times op-ed piece May 14, 2015.
- American Way, the American Airlines magazine, reported on Baker Jiang, formerly vice president of hypermarket operations at Wal-Mart China, who earned a UT Arlington Asian Executive MBA, which allows students in China to focus on enterprises within their country. Jiang traveled to the UT Arlington main campus for his 2012 graduation and was honored later that year with the university's Distinguished International Alumni Award. Jiang is now senior vice president, retail, at Great China Sephora. The story quoted UT Arlington College of Business Dean Rachel Croson. "We were interested in furthering international engagement, and for the population in China. The EMBA was the right degree."
- UT Arlington alumnus MJ Charmani ('14 EMBA) was recently promoted to senior manager at Accenture, where he will manage the Business and Systems Integration for Emerging Platforms department, with 35 direct reports across multiple clients and platforms. "The UTA EMBA and Graduate Certificate in Asian Business has added value and enabled me to move up to the next level at Accenture," he said.
UT Arlington College of Business alumnus Roland G. Fryer, Jr. ('98 B.A., economics) was awarded the 2015 Clark Medal by the American Economic Association, the highest honor bestowed upon young economists in the profession. Fryer is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he is a tenured professor and influential applied microeconomist whose work spans labor economics, the economics of education, and social problems and social interactions.
- UT Arlington alumnus Geng Diangen ('04 EMBA), chairman of Beijing Sinnet Technology, has joined the ranks of the world's billionaires following gains in the share price of the Shenzhen-listed Internet service provider, Forbes reported.
- Energy industry expert and UT Arlington alumnus Roger K. Ihne ('79 B.S. economics, '81 MBA) was elected director of the Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies’ Board of Directors, Business Energy.net and many other media organizations reported.
- Clear Technologies announced the appointment of UT Arlington alumnus Doug Long (’79 B.B.A.) as vice president of sales. He joined Clear’s executive team in March 2015 after spending more than 35 years with IBM. In his new position, he will be responsible for enhancing Clear’s growth through new client acquisition.
- Sethi Financial Group named UT Arlington alumnus Marc Sharma (M.S. human resource management) as its new chief of staff. He will act as the point of contact between executive management and staff where his duties include overseeing, managing, and leading all operational and administrative functions.
- One of Hewlett Packard's vice presidents, David Roberts ('87 B.B.A.), spoke to multiple UTA business classes Friday, March 20, 2015, about his practices with companies like Microsoft, Google and Mattel. Business Week, a program where business professionals come to the UTA College of Business to share their experiences, brought multiple experts to campus to share their stories and involvement in the business world. Read more of Roberts' story.
Accounting alumnus John Pinkerton (’82 M.P.A.) was named to the Board of Directors of Lonestar Resources, Ltd. In 2012, he retired as CEO of Range Resources and continues to serve as a director.
- Main Event Entertainment announced the appointment of UT Arlington alumna Chandra McCormack (MBA) to the position of chief financial officer. Prior to joining Main Event, McCormack served as chief financial officer, treasurer and vice president of administration for Niagara Conservation. Her previous experience includes roles as CFO for Advanced Beauty Inc., vice president of finance at Dean Foods Company, senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting and assistant vice president at Bank of the West.
- Saulsbury Industries has hired UT Arlington alumnus Chat York (’87 B.B.A. accounting) as its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Saulsbury, he held a variety of leadership roles with Luminant, most recently as senior director of finance.
Three chief financial officer of the year nominees—Dan Reynolds ('85 B.B.A., '13 M.S.) of Calloway's Nursery, Susan Drake ('84 B.B.A.) of the Kimball Art Museum and Les Shuler ('77 B.B.A.) of Worthington National Bank—all received undergraduate or graduate degrees in accounting from UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press reported.
- Alumnus Javier Gutierrez (’73 B.B.A.) was honored with a 2015 Minority Business Leader Award by the Dallas Business Journal. He is the sole proprietor and general manager of Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano restaurant in Dallas.
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BBVA Compass appointed alumnus Brian Happel (’83 B.B.A.), most recently the Fort Worth city president, its chief executive officer of Fort Worth. Happel’s new role is part of the bank’s broader reorganization that combines BBVA Compass’ retail, wealth management and commercial lines of business into one unit.
YWCA of Houston announced the election of six new members to the YWCA-Houston Board of Directors, to include UT Arlington business alumna Kaye Horn ('81 MBA).
Economics alumnus Ben Myers (’00 B.S.) wrote an article about the condo ownership premium in Canada. Myers is an expert in real estate research and has experience with several firms in the United States and Canada, including Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, Altus Clayton, and Urbanation.
Allegro Development Corporation, a leading provider of commodity trading and risk management software, announced the appointment of Rod Fomby (’90 MBA) as senior vice president of Global Services. Fomby comes to Allegro from EnFORM Technology/SunGard Consulting Services, where he was managing partner in charge of the North American Financial Services practice overseeing consulting and system integration projects for multiple clients.
On Sept. 30, Colonel David Griffith (’83 B.B.A.) retired from the U.S. Army after 31 years of active duty service.
UT Arlington accounting alumna Stephanie Bowman (’87 B.B.A.) was named CFO of Dallas-based BenefitMall, the leading provider of employee benefits, human resources and payroll products and services. Prior to joining BenefitMall, she was executive vice president and CFO of Tuesday Morning Corporation.
The business and entertainment law firm Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton announced that tax and financial services attorney UT Arlington accounting alumnus Benjamin Sparks (’99 B.B.A.) is joining the firm's Dallas office as counsel.
- Business alumnus Charles Emery ('63 B.B.A.), chairman of the Denton County Transportation Authority board, was featured in an article in the Cross Timbers Gazette.
UT Arlington accounting alumnus Adam Henning, CPA (’08 B.B.A.) joined JTaylor as an assurance manager, where his practice areas include oil and gas, financial services, real estate, and more. JTaylor is a Fort Worth-based professional service firm that provides accounting, assurance, valuation and tax-related services to clients throughout the United States.
EMBA alumna Kathy Weaver was promoted to principal at Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America. She joined Ryan in 2006 and is based in the Dallas, Texas office, where she was instrumental in the development of the Firm's premier Leadership Development Program and has been the key driver of Ryan's internationally recognized learning and development programs, which have been selected as a four-time winner of the prestigious Association for Talent Development (ATD) BEST Award.
UT Arlington marketing alumnus Matt Anderson ('01 B.B.A.)
was named vice president of business development for the western United States at Provant, a workplace well-being company. Anderson, of Erie, Colo., previously worked with Fortune 500 companies placing integrated wellness solutions in their organizations. He earned a bachelor's degree in sales and marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was captain of the baseball team.
Dallas-based Satori Capital announced that UT Arlington alumnus Willie Houston (’05 MBA) has joined the firm as chief financial officer, where he assumes oversight of all financial and compliance aspects for Satori's private equity business and for Satori Alpha, the firm's alternative portfolio management platform. Read the full announcement on vcaonline.com.
- Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC, a leading real estate investment and asset management company, announced that UT Arlington alumna Wendy Evans (B.B.A. real estate) joined Brookwood Real Estate Management, LLC in Dallas as a senior commercial property manager, overseeing the operations and maintenance of an office property owned by Brookwood in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Calloway's Nursery announced several major management changes, including naming UT Arlington alumnus Daniel Reynolds, to the board of directors, Bezinga, the Dallas Business Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, PR Newswire and many other websites reported. Reynolds earned a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, where he previously obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors. He is currently earning his Master of Business Administration degree. He will continue to serve as vice president and chief financial officer as well.
- Alumnus Nathan Hoffman (’95 B.B.A.) joins the team of bankers opening the first full-service Fort Worth branch of Southwest Bancorp subsidiary Bank SNB. He joins the team as commercial banker, and brings 17 years of banking experience.
Lt. Col. Lora Rimmer, commander of the Army ROTC “Maverick Battalion” at UT Arlington, and Susanna Khavul, UT Arlington associate professor of management, have been named Great Women of Texas 2014 by The Fort Worth Business Press, the newspaper announced. College of Business alumna Carolyn Mentesana (’84 B.B.A.), executive director of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, was also named. They will be honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.
Twelve Northeast Tarrant County cities along with area banks, hospitals, and energy and telecom companies are among the sponsors of this year’s Heart of North Texas Business Conference on Friday, November 7, 2014, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Social Eyes column reported. Jay Horn, UT Arlington's executive director of International Education, and John Terrell, a UT Arlington EMBA graduate and vice president for commercial development at DFW Airport, are two of the panelists discussing global partnerships. Terrell also is the current city of Southlake mayor.
UT Arlington College of Business alumna Casey Coleman (’92 MBA) is client executive vice president at AT&T Government Solutions, where she leads the business unit’s information technology and professional services work for federal civilian agencies.
Grant Thornton LLP named UT Arlington accounting alumnus Joseph Loretto (’99 B.B.A.), audit partner, International Business Center director for the Americas and Central region, based in the firm’s Houston office. See more...
Christy Cardillo ('02 M.S. accounting) was named partner in the CPA firm Shinn & Co. in Bradenton, Florida. See more...
College of Business alumna Janice Klostermeier ('86 B.B.A.), EVP & CFO, Emergency Medical Associates in Parsippany, New Jersey, was named Best Growth Manager at the 2014 New Jersey Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards. See more...
Alumnus George McMann ('94 B.B.A.), CEO of BizNet Software, was featured on the Play Makers with Steve A. Klein Talk Show (KAAM 770 AM), a radio program focused on entrepreneurs and CEOs.
UT Arlington alumna MaryAnn Means-Dufrene ('12 M.S. human resource management), deputy chief of staff to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, is the new executive director at Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth. See more...
College of Business accounting alumnus Wayne Burgdorf (’81 B.B.A.) joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW as vice president. See more...
- Teresa L. White ('88 B.B.A.), a UT Arlington graduate, has been named president of Aflac U.S., according to Insurance & Financial Advisor. White has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University and is the former chief operating officer of Aflac U.S. operations.
- Hispanic Executive magazine profiled UT Arlington graduate Brianna Hinojosa-Flores (’07 MBA), senior manager and patent attorney at BlackBerry. At the Canadian telecom company everything from the look to the feel and functionality of its products must be patent-protected, which falls under Hinojosa-Flores’s scope. She completed her MBA at UT Arlington prior to landing at Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) in 2009.
UT Arlington accounting alumnus Michael J. Murray (’88 B.B.A.), senior vice president of business development for D.R. Horton, was recently promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Fort Worth-based homebuilder. Murray was instrumental in the successful completion of three acquisitions while serving as senior vice president of business development since 2012, and he has been a key member of D.R. Horton’s senior management team for many years.
- MaryAnn Means-Dufrene, a UT Arlington graduate and deputy chief of staff for Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth City Council, is taking a new job as the executive director of the Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Means-Dufrene has master’s degrees in public administration and human resource management from UT Arlington.
- Congratulations to UT Arlington accounting alumnus Wayne Burgdorf (’81 B.B.A.), who joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW as vice president. He brings 30 years of experience in commercial real estate in managing his own firm, Burgdorf Realty Group LP.
College of Business finance alumnus Josh Strittmatter (’02 B.B.A.) is the president and CEO of Strittmatter Wealth Management Group, LLC, in Weatherford, Texas. The Certified Financial Planner was mentioned in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about a course he teaches through UT Arlington Continuing Education about retirement and Social Security planning.
Nicole Willingham (’06 MBA) is a financial analyst with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as a featured blogger on
- UTA College of Business alumnus Aaron Endris (’00 B.B.A. finance) joined the Swantner & Gordon branch office of Higginbotham in Corpus Christi, Texas, as manager of the bond department. He comes to Higginbotham from Mullis Newby Hurst, LP with 10 years of experience in underwriting and agency management, and is a certified Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist.
Ryan Hardy (’07 M.S. Real Estate) was recently promoted to the position of vice president, Design and Construction for HAP Investment Developers in New York, where he oversees the design and construction of the firm’s residential projects. Prior to his promotion, he was project manager at HAP and previously was a project manager for the U.S. General Services Administration, Las Vegas Travel Bureau. He is a licensed architect and a LEED-accredited professional.
An article by Lee Mulkey (’73 B.B.A.) titled “Trends in Global Sourcing” appeared in Texas CEO Magazine Aug. 23, 2014, in which he states that global sourcing trends in 2014 are driven primarily by events in China, and Asian countries and Mexico are the most important for manufacturers in Texas. Mulkey is the founder and CEO of ALM Company, and has been president and CEO of three global companies.
Filmmaker and UTA accounting alumnus Udoka Oyeka (’06 B.B.A.) was featured in an article about his accomplishments in Nigerian cinema. Presently an actor in the television series “Tinsel,” Oyeka has made three movies, a feature titled “Red House Seven (ZR-7)” and two short films titled “Down and Out” and “Living Funeral”. The last was accepted to and screened in the short film category at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival and the 2014 Durban International Film Festival.
Living Color Aquariums, the industry leader in the design and manufacturing of high-end custom aquariums and themed environments, announced the appointment of Rodney Robinson (’88 B.B.A.) to the position of president. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the company is featured on the reality television series Fish Tank Kings, on the TV network Nat Geo WILD. Robinson brings more than 25 years of experience in financial and operational leadership, and previously was chief financial officer of Living Color Aquariums.
WFAA/Channel 8 (ABC) interviewed Joshua Key ('09 B.A.), a UT Arlington economics graduate student, about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and his efforts to return home to Texas. Key has a ticket to leave Monrovia, Liberia tonight. He hopes his airline is still flying as many carriers are not. Key was midway through an economics internship at the U.S. Embassy in Liberia when a state of emergency was declared to try to slow the spread of Ebola.
- UTA College of Business alumnus Alex Tong (’78 B.B.A.) was featured in an article on RenewableEnergyWorld.com and Boston.com about his expanding accounting firm and offerings. The owner of Alex Tong, CPA & Associates, a Plano-based accounting firm, is doubling office space, upgrading servers and security and adding staff in preparation for 2015 tax season.
- UTA alumnus Patrick Brooke (’79 B.B.A.) has been appointed to be the new chief financial officer of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Brooke has 30 years of progressive financial management at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was hired at Wheaton College in 1984 as controller and was the senior director of financial operations. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. He then received his MBA in finance from DePaul University.
- The board of directors of Horizon Air has named David L. Campbell (’08 EMBA) president and chief operating officer, Alaska Air Group announced. Campbell brings with him more than 25 years of experience in maintenance and flight operations, most recently at jetBlue Airways where he served as vice president of maintenance and engineering. Prior to that, he served as vice president of safety and operational performance at American Airlines. He joined American in 1988 after serving for four years in the U.S. Air Force and has overseen maintenance, quality, technical operations and safety.
UTA business alumnus Victor Perez (MBA ’80), CFO of Glori Energy in Houston, was named a finalist for the Houston Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards! Finalists will be recognized, and winners announced, on Aug. 20, 2014.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, guys can pop the question with photos as well as rings.
That all-important “Yes” moment can live forever, thanks to a new union available in Arlington between jeweler Robbins Brothers and photography firm Paparazzi Proposals.
Newly engaged customer Nick Barber ('04 B.B.A.) purchased the novel photo shoot recently as a package deal with the engagement ring he bought.
“I already had an idea in mind of how I wanted to propose but I was anxious and so nervous about everything going as planned,” Barber said in a news release. “I wanted to surprise my girlfriend and propose at the University of Texas at Arlington where we met by making her think we were going there to get interviewed for the school paper.”
Paparazzi Proposals arranged to act as university photographers and took pictures as Barber popped the question, and the couple received their photos within two days.
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John J. Checki Jr. ('75 B.B.A.) is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and Certified Retirement Counselor in Plano, Texas, who released a new video describing industry best practices. His video and story were featured on Insurance News Net.
As a part of Alibaba’s global ambition, the Chinese Internet giant today announced the appointment of Jim Wilkinson ('93) as Senior Vice President and Head of International Corporate Affairs, TechNode reported. Wilkinson is a former senior PepsiCo executive who once served as senior advisor for U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree from UT Arlington. Alibaba filed for an U.S. IPO last week.
- The Toledo Blade reported that Scott Scarborough ('03), the University of Toledo’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, was named Thursday as president of the University of Akron. Scarborough earned his doctorate in strategic management from The University of Texas at Arlington.
- Independent energy company Approach Resources Inc. promoted Uma L. Datla ('05 MPA) to the position of chief accounting officer. She joined Approach in August 2013 as director of financial reporting, and was previously with Ernst & Young LLP since 2005. Datla received a Master of Professional Accounting degree from UT Arlington in 2005. Sergei Krylov, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented in IndUS BUSINESS JOURNAL, "Uma's experience and extensive industry and accounting knowledge make her an outstanding leader for our accounting team as we continue to grow the Company and build value for our shareholders."
- DGSE Companies Inc. appointed James “Dusty” Clem ('00 B.B.A.) as chairman, president and chief executive officer, Dallas City Biz List and several other media outlets reported. The successes of our alumni are part of our UTA DNA!
Michael Rushing ('84 B.B.A.) has been named the new general manager at Fort Worth’s historic Colonial Country Club, the home of the annual PGA Tour event, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Rushing was formerly the general manager of The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Tucson, home of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.
Rushing will oversee all club operations, quality control and member relations. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Rushing previously worked at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, and also served as the director of golf at Trump National Doral in Miami, Fla. The successes of our alumni are part of our UTA DNA!
- A UT Arlington alumna has been named to one of Parkland Hospital’s top administrative posts, The Dallas Morning News reported. Sharon Phillips, employed in various positions at Parkland since 1985, is the hospital’s new executive vice president and chief of population health. Phillips earned her MBA at UT Arlington. This is a part of our UTA DNA.
- Robert Earley, Nick Barber, and The G.L. Barron Company were announced as honorees of the College of Business 2014 Alumni and Service Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The College of Business Annual Alumni and Service Awards are a means to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of alumni and to acknowledge extraordinary service in support of the college and its mission. Any UT Arlington College of Business graduate or former student is eligible to receive an alumni award. Previous winners are not eligible to receive the same award. This is a part of our UTA DNA.
- Nate Piller (’05 B.B.A.), was named the 2013 Marketer of the Year by his firm, Merritt Hawkins and Associates, a division of the biggest healthcare staffing company in the world. He won his region and led the division in business and revenue for all Midwest production. Piller is the associate director of marketing—Upper Midwest Division. This is a part of our UTA DNA.
- Casey Coleman (MBA '92), was the featured guest on Federal News Radio’s Business of Government Hour. Coleman is the outgoing chief information officer for the U.S. General Services Administration. This is a part of our UTA DNA.
- Jacqualyn A. Fouse (B.A. '82, M.A. '84), a UT Arlington distinguished alumni, was named to the Perrigo Co. board, Reuters, Pharmacy Choice and several other media websites reported. Perrigo is an Ireland-based healthcare and pharmaceutical supplier. Fouse sits on the University's Development Board and the College of Business Advisory Board. This is a part of our UTA DNA.
- Michael Clock (B.B.A '92), CFO of Le Duff America, was awarded CFO of the Year, Restaurant category, by the Dallas Business Journal during an awards presentation Thursday, Oct. 24. Joan Cox (B.A. '80), CFO of Head Start of Greater Dallas, was a finalist for the Nonprofit category. This is a part of our UTA DNA.
Dr. Rachel Croson, dean of the UTA College of Business, and alumna Jeanne Smith (CPA, '92) were recognized as Great Women of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, during a dinner and awards ceremony. This is a part of our UTA DNA.
The University and the UT Arlington Alumni Association honored Herb Beckwith (M.S. '94), CFO and senior vice president of international operations for Justin Brands, with a Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual Gala October 19.
In 1974, Mary Earle Aucutt (B.B.A. '75) established an endowment at the College of Business in memory of her parents, one of the first endowment gifts made to the college. Upon her passing in 1985, she left her estate and her parents’ estate to the college to award scholarships for students. Since its establishment, the endowment has awarded 574 scholarships to students. The expected distributions for 2013-14 total nearly $32,000. On October 11, the College of Business hosted a lunch with the Earle family to thank them for their generous gift and enable them to meet some of the students who benefit from the scholarships. The Earle family was presented with a two-inch-thick collection of thank-you letters received from student scholarship recipients over the years.
Sonya Manibusan ('96 B.B.A) shared her story of breast cancer survival with former network news anchor Renee Syler. Syler now runs the nationally known and tremendously popular blog, Good Enough Mother.
Shea Fender (’08) launches Arlington-based Accent Awards & Trophies, LLC. on July 1, 2013 as the company’s co-owner. Shea was employed with the previous incarnation of the company, known as Accent Awards of Arlington, for 13 years.
Keith Cargill (’81), Texas Capital Bank President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer has been promoted as CEO of Texas Capital Bank and COO of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. according to the Dallas Business Journal. The June 11, 2013 announcement came with the news that George Jones will retire as the CEO for Texas Capital Bancshares at the end of the year. The board also named Cargill as Jones’ successor. He will be President and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares upon Jones’ retirement. “Keith and I were co-founders of Texas Capital Bank and have been friends and partners for 35 years,” said George Jones, president and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares, in a news release. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have Keith succeed me, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead and grow this company going forward. Today’s announcements are a natural progression of our well-thought out succession planning, which has been based on our business philosophy.”
Texas Capital Bank, founded in 1998, has a Fort Worth location in The Tower at 570 Throckmorton as well as locations in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.
Keith serves on the UT Arlington College of Business Advisory Council and is the council’s immediate past chairman.
- Michael Wayne (’81), a 30-year veteran in the oil and gas industry, has been named new director of oilfield services for Drilling Info Inc., the premier SaaS-based oil and gas business intelligence and decision support technology platform for the global upstream E&P industry, according to a company press release reported by Sys-con Media and other media outlets.
- Bill Bailey (’09) has been appointed as Sales Director, Oil & Gas Industry, by ThermoEnergy Corporation (OTCBB: TMEN) according to a company news release. Prior to joining ThermoEnergy, Bill was a Regional Sales Manager
at Caldwell Tanks, the country's largest elevated tank manufacturer.
- John Terrell (’09), Mayor of the City of Southlake and Vice President of Commercial Development for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, was featured in the Fort Worth Business Press. In the interview, Mayor Terrell discussed how he balances life as an executive, mayor, and father. Mayor Terrell is a graduate of the Executive M.B.A. program.
- Paul Yeoham (’86) has joined the board of directors of Vystar Corporation, which owns SleepHealth and produces Vytex Natural Rubber Latex, according to a PR Newswire release. Paul is a founding partner of Progress Equity Partners, Ltd., a private equity investment firm that acquires majority control of well-managed, entrepreneurial, service-based businesses, and brings with him more
than twenty years of financial and investment management experience to the board. Paul earned a B.B.A. in finance at The University of Texas at Arlington.
- Mark Melton (‘03), an associate with Hunton & Williams, will receive the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Foundation and DAYL Fellows’ Award of Excellence Dec. 13 in Dallas. Melton earned a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from UT Arlington.
- Hal Collett (’02), an alumnus of the Master of Science in Real Estate, has been promoted to president of asset resources unit at Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU), where he’ll oversee servicing of about $69 billion in commercial mortgages.
- Paul Aslin (’11), an alumnus of the Master of Science in Health Care Administration, is one of three individuals inducted into the inaugural class of the Leadership and Management Institute Healthcare Fellows with the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals. The organization advocates for rural and community hospitals in Texas. The fellowship award will assist emerging leaders in the healthcare industry by providing the tools, education, resources, mentoring and experience necessary to return to their hospitals and communities with new ideas for positive change and heightened success. Paul is the Chief Operations Officer of Clinical Care Associates at Wise Regional Health Systems in Decatur, Texas.
- James Recks (’99 B.B.A.) has been elected as the new President and CEO of Austin-based Littlefield Corporation according to a September 11, 2012 company press release. James is currently the Senior Vice President and CFO of AMC Financial Holdings, Inc.
- Curtis J.Berchtold (’91 B.B.A.) will be joining Pinnacle Airlines Corp. as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer according to a September 10, 2012 company press release. Curtis has served as Chief Financial Officer of Silver Airways since June of 2011. Prior to that, he served as a consultant with Mesa Air Group.
- Dr. Scott Scarborough (’03) will be recommended to the University of Toledo Board of Trustees for appointment to the role of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Scarborough most recently served as the senior vice president and executive director of the University of Toledo Medical Center. He has been with the University of Toledo since 2007 when he accepted the position of senior vice president for finance and administration. Scarborough previously worked for DePaul University and, prior to that, he worked for the University of Texas System for 10 years. He earned his Ph.D. in management from UT Arlington.
- Darren Nelson (’07 MBA, ’08 M.S.) was promoted in July 2012 to Director of Recruiting at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Nelson was previously the Director of Accounts Receivable and Credit. Before joining Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in 2008, Nelson worked for Verizon.
- Debra S. Temple (’11 M.S. HCAD) was recently hired as Chief Nursing Officer at Select Specialty Hospital in Dallas.
- Jackie Fouse ('82 B.A., '84 M.A.) was profiled by Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s business columnist Mitchell Schnurman. Jackie will earn her doctorate Sunday, May 13, 2012 in finance. Unlike most college grads, Fouse already has a great job, plus a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics. She is the chief financial officer of Celgene Corp., a Fortune 500 drugmaker in Summit, N.J. Schnurman asked, "When your time is that valuable and corporate responsibilities so great, why devote so many years to a school project at The University of Texas at Arlington?" Fouse said: “It’s the same reason that I run marathons. It’s there to be done, so I’m doing it.” Fouse started the doctoral program in 2003 while CFO of Alcon Labs in Fort Worth. She finished her 91-page dissertation in April.
- Edward Marshall (’97 MBA) has been appointed director of the homeland security sector for B3 Solutions LLC, a firm that provides information technology and program management services to the federal government. The appointment was covered by multiple news outlets via Business Wire.
- Elaine Hart (’74 B.B.A.) was named chief financial officer for the City of Austin, as reported on April 24, 2012. Hart is a certified public accountant and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry and 20 with the city of Austin.
- Robert Earley (’09 M.S. HCAD), chief executive officer of JPS Health network, was featured in D Magazine's CEO.
- Jim Wilkinson (’93 B.B.A.) will join Pepsico as executive vice president, communications, Financial and several other media outlets reported. Wilkinson currently serves on the University's Development Board.
- James Sellers (’98 MBA) was honored as part of the 2012 Class of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 awards. James is President of the Mansfield-based Sellmark Corporation. In 2012, James was honored by the College of Business with the Alumni Award for Early Career Achievement.
- Herb Beckwith (’94 M.S.) was honored by the Fort Worth Business Press as “CFO of the Year” at a January 25 luncheon. Herb is Senior Vice President and CFO of Justin Brands and is a member of the College of Business advisory council. In 2011, Herb received the college’s alumni award for career achievement.
- Donna Dempsey (’81, M.P.A.) has been appointed to the position of president and CEO of Easter Seals North Texas as reported in the Collin County Business Press. Dempsey has served as both executive vice president of administration and applied behavior analysis case manager during her three-year tenure at Easter Seals.
- Ralph Holcomb (’05, M.S. HCAD) has been named Chief Information Officer at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas as reported in the East Texas Review. Most recently, Ralph served as the Director of Information Services with Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital located in Dallas.
- Victor Perez (’80 MBA) has been named Glori Energy's chief financial officer, CNBC.com and several other websites reported.
- Troy DePuma (’83 B.B.A.) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer by the AGC Composites Group, a part of AGC Aerospace & Defense to oversee financial activities for Unitech Composites and Structures as well as Integrated Composites, Inc. The announcement was reported by
- Piper Elam (’04 MBA) has been elected as vice president and market leader in Crowley for Financial Bank, N.A., Cleburne, the Burleson-Crowley Connection reported.
- Charles Schmitt (’85 B.B.A.) will lead SSAB’s Americas Business Area, BusinessWire.com and several other online news sites reported.
- Patti Soch (’82 B.B.A.) has been appointed to vice president of finance and operations at Gazzang Inc where she will oversee all accounting, contracting, facilities and HR functions for the data security company, as reported on Business Wire.
- Mike Foreman (B.B.A. ’05, M.P.A. ’10) has been chosen as the new city manager of Celina, a growing community in Collin County, the Colony Courier-Leader reported. Mike is currently an assistant to the city manager of Grand Prairie.
- Dr. Roland Fryer (’98 B.B.A.), professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of Harvard’s Education Innovation Laboratory, was featured in Time magazine for his study regarding whether children should be bribed to do well in school. In the article, Time explained how Dr. Fryer ran a randomized experiment in hundreds of classrooms in multiple cities, using mostly private money to pay 18,000 kids a total of $6.3 million.
- Market research firm Decision Analyst achieved the highest level of overall satisfaction among full service market research clients in 2011 according to an annual survey conducted by MarketResearchCareers.com. Decision Analyst was founded by its President and CEO, Jerry Thomas (’63 B.B.A.). He currently serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Master of Science in Marketing Research (MSMR) program and as a member of the College of Business Advisory Council.
- Steven Xiao ('04 MBA) has been appointed to the General Moly, Inc. Board of Directors as reported by Yahoo! Finance.
- Dana Gibson ('93 Ph.D.) will be installed as Sam Houston State University's 13th president on March 8. Yahoo! Finance reported on the inaugural events planned for Gibson.
- Brianna Hinojosa-Flores ('07) has become the first Hispanic female to sit on the Coppell City Council, the Coppell Gazette reported. Brianna Hinojosa-Flores is a wife, mother, patent attorney and now, council member.
- Russell Massey ('90) has been named chief finance officer for Beryl, a Bedford, TX-based technology-focused patient experience services company according to a Business Wire press release posted on Yahoo! Finance. Massey is a former chief accounting officer for Cook Children's Health Care system in Fort Worth.
- Hui (Steven) Xiao ('04) has been nominated to join the board of directors of General Moly, a U.S.-based mineral company engaged in the exploration, development and mining of molybdenum, as part of an agreement in the sale of the first tranche of equity to Hanlong (USA) Mining Investment, Inc. (Hanlong) for $40 million, according to a Business Wire press release posted on Yahoo! Finance. Steven currently serves as managing director of Hanlong Mining Investment Pty. Ltd. Steven also serves as executive director of Moly Mines, an Australian-based resources company.
- Jon DeLuca ('85 B.B.A.) is joining the Chicago-based Senior Lifestyle Corporation as president and chief executive officer according to a Business Wire press release posted on Yahoo! Finance. Jon was previously co-president and chief financial officer at Horizon Bay Retirement Living in Tampa, Florida.
- Jade Andrews ('08 M.S. HCAD) was recently promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer for Methodist Hospital for Surgery in Addison, Texas.
- Richard Block ('84 B.B.A.) has been appointed Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager for Harris Private Bank in Rockford, Illinois, PR-Inside.com reported.
- Don McCormack ('86 B.B.A.) has been promoted to Vice President—Chief Accounting Officer with Concho Resources, Inc., according to a news release posted on Forbes.com.
- Distinguished Alumna Jackie Fouse ('82 B.A., '84 M.A.) has been elected to the Board of Directors of Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) according to a news release posted on Forbes.com. Effective September 27, 2010, Jackie will be joining Celgene Corporation, a global biopharmaceutical company (Nasdaq: CELG), to serve as its Chief Financial Officer. Since July 2007, Ms. Fouse has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), a global agribusiness and food company.
- Jesse E. Collins ('91 B.B.A.) has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Broadwind Energy, Inc., a wind energy product and service provider, Yahoo! Finance reported.
- Dean Tarpley ('91 B.B.A.), former Senior Vice President of Retail at Palladium Group Inc., has joined Alvarez & Marsal as a Managing Director and head of the firm's retail industry practice, Forbes.com reported.
- Dana Gibson ('93 Ph.D.) has been appointed the 13th President of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville by the Texas State University System, The Associated Press reported in The Huntsville Item.
- Nancy Templin ('94 B.B.A.) is the new Chief Financial Officer of All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported. Templin most recently held leadership positions at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
- Casey Coleman ('92 MBA) has received the 2010 CIO Innovation Award (Public Sector) at the 7th Annual Sloan CIO Symposium, Yahoo! Finance reported.
- Herbert Beckwith ('94 M.S.) has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Justin Brands, El Paso Inc. reported.
- Lisa Lankes ('84 B.B.A.) has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Communications, Licensing and Social Media at Justin Brands, Sports One Source reported.
- Casey Coleman ('92 MBA) is a finalist for the 2010 Innovation Leadership Award that will be announced at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium May 19, Yahoo! Finance reported. The award recognizes top people in technology.
- Dee Trussell ('89 B.B.A.) has been named Director of Business Development for Spectrum Group Management LLC, an opportunistic alternative investment firm focused in the distressed, special situations and asset-based credit markets, the PRNewswire reported.
- Trinity Industries, Inc. announced that William A. McWhirter II (BBA '86) has been named Senior Vice President and Group President of the Construction Products segment, the Inland Barge segment, and the Rail Components business line, Fox Business reported.
- Larry Kilgore (BA '71), Regional President for Southwest Securities FSB, was profiled in a Fort Worth Business Press story.
- Higginbotham & Associates' Jim Krause (B.B.A. ’87) was honored as Fort Worth's top CFO for a mid-sized business at a January 28 luncheon hosted by the Fort Worth Business Press. Jim has helped Higginbotham & Associates redesign its capital structure, and was instrumental in increasing the firm's operating margins over the last few years. Jim serves the UT Arlington College of Business as a member of the Advisory Council.
- Larry Kilgore (B.B.A. ’71) has been named Southwest Securities, FSB, Senior Vice President and Regional President of the Downtown Fort Worth and Southlake Banking Centers,
CNN Money reported.
- James D. (Jim) Fant (B.B.A. ’82) has been promoted to Chief Investment Officer of Behringer Harvard Opportunity Advisors, II LP according to a December 16 Behringer Harvard
- Carey Hendrickson (MBA ’96) will assume the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer of Belo Corp following the retirement of Dennis Williamson in March 2010 according to a Belo Corp press release reported on the MSN Money Web site December 16, 2009. Carey is a longtime executive with Belo and is currently senior vice president and chief accounting officer.
- Lt. Kent Worley (B.B.A. ’75) who is retiring as the City of Fort Worth Fire Department’s public information officer, was featured in the Fort Worth Star Telegram in a question-and-answer about getting started in anime.
- Adam Sheehan (B.B.A. ’01) was featured in The Wall Street Journal in a question-and-answer about getting started in anime.
- Wayne Watts (B.B.A. ’76) current senior executive vice president and general counsel at AT&T, was profiled in a Steve Blow column in The Dallas Morning News.
- Alan Heaton’s (MBA ’07) 25-year military service was profiled in The Express of Lock Haven, PA.
- Sathasivam (Kris) Krishnan (MBA ’86) Associate Dean for Institutional Research & Planning at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey, has been selected as a Fellow for the 2009 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
- Cris Neely (B.B.A. ’79) has been appointed to Chief Financial Officer at ONE Holdings, Corp., a Miami-based investment company.
- Patrick Sporl (MBA ’97) and his continued success managing bond funds at American Beacon Advisors was featured in a July 21 article in Barron’s.
- K. Michael Koch (MBA ’92) has joined MGL Consulting as Executive Vice President over the Investment Adviser and Insurance Divisions. Learn more.
- Martin Schlossman (B.S. ’92) has been promoted to first vice president of FHLBank Topeka.
- Former vice presidential candidate Dr. Pat Choate (B.A. ’63) has joined the Board of Directors of American Innovators for Patent Reform.
- Kenneth Sanders, CPA (B.B.A. ‘79), and John Stanbery, CPA (B.B.A. ‘83), joined Fort Worth based accounting firm AuldridgeGriffin PC as the firm’s latest partners. Learn more.
- Paul Hilbig (M.S. ’05) and his wife Sarah were featured in an Idaho Business Review article featuring the couple’s new business, Bloomin’ Art.
- Sandy. J Martin (B.B.A. ’83) has been appointed chief financial officer at Entech Solar
as reported by Energy Business Review. Sandy joined Entech in March 2009 and was named chief accounting officer in April.
- Sean Connelly (MBA ’09) and his annual “42 in 42” volunteer drive established in honor of Pat Tillman were featured in the May 31, 2009 Fort Worth Star Telegram weekly column Shlachter, Nishimura & Baker.
- Kevin Simmons (B.B.A. ’78), Professor of Economics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant. Kevin will use his Fulbright research grant during the spring semester 2010 conducting research at the International Center for Geohazards in Oslo, Norway. Learn more.
- Jorge Callado (B.B.A. ’09), who recently earned his honors B.B.A. in finance from UT Arlington, represented the Class of 2009 at the May 15 Graduation Celebration. He was featured in Bob Ray Sander’s Column in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
- Charlotte J. Wright (B.B.A. ’76, M.S. ’77), professor and Lanny G. Chasteen chairman of accounting at Oklahoma State University, received the 2009 Outstanding Accounting Educator at the Oklahoma Accounting Educators Conference in Norman on May 2. Learn more.
- Danielle M. Georgiou, a doctoral student at UT Dallas and two-time alumna of The University of Texas at Arlington, was presented with the first “Patricia A. Porter Fellowship in Arts Management,” given by the Leadership Arts Alumni Association of North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts (NTBCA). Read more...
- Casey Schmidt (B.B.A. ‘02) marketing manager for Benchmark Synergy Group, was featured in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 3, 2009.
- Dr. Roland Fryer (B.B.A. ‘98 ), professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of Harvard’s Education Innovation Laboratory, was honored by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2009.
- Dana Gibson (Ph.D. ’93), has been named the first female vice president for finance and operations at Sam Houston State University. Learn more.
- George Benson (B.B.A., ‘78), has joined the Beryl Companies, the nation's leading provider of outsourced call center services to healthcare organizations, as regional vice president of sales. Learn more.
- Anthony J. Perri, M.D. (M.S. HCAD ’08),of Corsicana was recently appointed to the position of clinical associate professor of urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Perri practiced urology for almost 25 years in Corsicana. He is currently director of the Advanced Prostate Cancer Service and attending urologist at the Dallas VA Medical Center, where he is conducting research in the chemoprevention of prostate cancer in veterans with Agent Orange exposure. He also serves on the Institutional Review Board that oversees all VA research in North Texas.
- Teresa Hanson (B.B.A. ‘83, MBA ‘86),was recently named U.S. director of marketing and product management for Vetoquinol USA, an animal health products company. As director of marketing and product management, Hanson will lead all marketing and product management-related activities for Vétoquinol USA's veterinary and retail segments. Learn more.
- Nancy Stich (B.B.A. ’92),has been named Alexandria (LA) Market President for Capital One Bank, N.A. As the leading Capital One Bank executive in Alexandria, Stich will work to enhance Capital One Bank’s ability to meet community needs through an array of bank resources, including philanthropy, volunteerism and community banking products and services. Learn more.
- Denise Ford (B.B.A. '88),doctoral student in the College of Professional Education at Texas Women’s University, received a university scholarship at the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon. Learn more.
- Mike Leathers (B.B.A. ‘92 ),was recently named Senior Vice President at Hanson Pressure Pipe, a leading provider of concrete steel and steel pressure pipe. Learn more.
- Steve Blume (M.B.A. ’83),an ExxonMobil refinery manager in Baton Rouge, was recently profiled in Business & Industry Connection. Learn more.
- Jerome Oglesby (B.S. ‘01), Chief Technology Officer for Deloitte, is among Computerworld’s annual list of 100 executives shaping the IT industry. Jerome is considered an IT leader who “shatters the mold” in part because of his recognition of the need to engage Gen Y employees. Learn more.
- Danielle Marie Georgiou's (B.B.A. ‘06, M.A. '08) first book, The Politics of State Public Arts Funding, has been released as announced by German publisher VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. Danielle is an Adjunct Professor of Dance with the University of Texas at Arlington's Department of Kinesiology. She is also the Assistant Director of the UTA Dance Ensemble. As a UT Arlington undergraduate, Danielle was a scholar in the Goolsby Leadership Academy. Read more.
- Kurt Jaeger (B.B.A. ‘84) was featured in the January 19, 2009 Fort Worth Star-Telegram for being a grocery entrepreneur. Jaeger purchased several Minyard Food Stores, changing the names to City Market. The article said Jaeger paid his way through UT Arlington by working at Safeway.
- Brian McDermott (B.B.A. ‘86) joined Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) on Dec 10 as Vice President of Supplier Management. McDermott comes to AIA from Paragon Dynamics, a Denver-based company that specializes in aerospace and intelligence system development and engineering, program management and technical support needs. He previously worked for L-3 Communications and served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force. In his new position, he oversees all efforts to support and advocate for aerospace suppliers and foster good relationships with prime contractors. Founded in 1919, AIA represents the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial systems, space systems, aircraft engines, material, and related components, equipment services, and information technology.
- Kendra Brown (B.B.A. ‘89) has been named Oconee County assistant administrator for administration and finance. Oconee County is located in South Carolina. For the past eight and a half years, Brown has worked as an accountant in the Pickens County finance department. Prior to that, she worked as for Clemson University as an internal auditor as well as with a private accounting firm. Brown is a certified public accountant and certified government finance officer.